It’s tradition in my family to set up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, not a moment before. So, when it came to my first Christmas tree in Australia, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I was looking forward to setting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving, but after three days of cooking all I really wanted to do was sleep. Which meant a week of undecorated, unlit, sad looking tree.
I am a big Christmas nerd. The entire week following Thanksgiving I begged to go to Kmart to get ornaments. Sunday was the day; and with that knowledge in mind, I pulled out my favorite reindeer shirt to get into the Christmas spirit. We had several errands to do before our final stop at Kmart, and that was fine by me! I turned up the Christmas music on the radio, and enjoyed singing carols around town.
Decorating the Christmas Tree
We waited for our housemate Andy to get home because this was the first tree these boys have ever had in the house we wanted to have the experience of decorating the Christmas tree together. We donned our Santa hats, I lit our tree scented candle, cranked up the holiday tunes, and we got to work decorating.
The boys totally groaned when I put on the holiday music, and at my insistence for them to wear the Santa hats. I can understand the hat thing; 90° in a felt hat is no piece of cake for anyone, but after a little while the boys got into the spirit and sang along to the music as we strung ornaments. Everyone was happy (and sweaty) in their hats.
The Last Ornament
Just as we were placing the final glittery balls on our tree I pulled down a box from my closet and placed it on our coffee table for Ben. Telling Ben that there was one more ornament in the box he needed to string up. He very carefully unwrapped the ornament: a glass mosaic Mickey Mouse I had been holding on to for him for well over a year.
When Ben first came to see me in America we spent three days at Disney World and fell in love with Disney… and each other. Later in the year I went back and picked out a gorgeous ornament from the Downtown Disney Christmas shop and had it customized with our names and the year.
It’s tradition in our family that each year we get a new ornament in our stocking to be placed on the tree Christmas day; the ornament always has something to do with an event or achievement from the year.
Last year when I was still living in America I planned a trip to Australia the day after Christmas, and was going to bring Ben his ornament then. The trip was cancelled after I decided to move to Australia instead of visiting (I reckon that’s the best reason to cancel a trip!), I have been saving this ornament to be put on our first Christmas tree.
We had every intention of buying a star for our Christmas tree. I have never had a star for my tree but something felt like our tree would be incomplete without one.
Unfortunately, there were no stars at Kmart so we settled on a nice patriotic topper instead. When in Australia I suppose…
We finished off the night of decorating with holiday photos dressed up in our finest cold weather festive gear (we were sweating, sweating I tell ya!) to take holiday photos.
Andy’s newest Tinder picture.
Even our house mascot reindeer got in on the holiday photo action.
Having our tree decorated has put everyone is a Christmassy mood over the past day (we’ve already watched three Christmas movies!), and are planning on doing more holiday activities together over the next few weeks!
How long have you had your tree up?
Any gifts under the tree yet?